ASSORTED DECLARATIONS BY STAFF WRITER TOM GRAHAM
The Dave Matthews Band has announced that Live Trax Vol. 22 (recorded July 14, 2010 at our own Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain) is now available for pre-order as a 3-CD set or digital download on www.davematthewsband.com. The release can be bundled with a tee-shirt based on the show poster that features Scranton’s Electric City sign transformed into a DMB logo.
The show features seven songs that surpass the 10-minute mark as well as a complete overall running time close to three hours, including a marathon version (more than 20 minutes) of “#41” as well extended versions of “Grace Is Gone,” “One Sweet World” and “So Damn Lucky.”
Here is the official DMB description: “The DMB Crew is particularly excited about the next Live Trax release. The July 14, 2010 Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA, show is a true gem. The band really crushed it on stage delivering an over 3-hour performance!”
DMB will release the album June 12.
American Idol Live returns this summer for another stop at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on September 6. It will feature this season’s top 10 finalists Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Skylar Laine. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 11. Tickets (priced at $29.50, $45 and $65) go on sale this Friday, at 10 a.m. at the Pennstar Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena, online at www.AmericanIdol.com, www.ticketmaster.com and www.aeglive.com, or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. Rejoice.
“To all the mothers and sisters and the wives and friends, I want to offer my love and respect to the end.”
Adam Yauch, one of the founders of the legendary hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, died last week of cancer at the age of 47.
Known around the music world simply as MCA, Yauch had been involved in a fierce battle with a rare form of cancer for the past three years. The rapper was rarely seen in public after disclosing to fans on the group’s website that a tumor was discovered in his salivary gland, only checking in with sporadic updates about procedures and traveling to consult with Tibetan doctors. He did not come to the Beastie Boys induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April and his medical treatments forced the Beasties to delay the release of their last album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2.
I grew up with The Beastie Boys. I was “fighting for my right to party” throughout middle school, “shaking my rump,” “checking my head” and screaming “Sabotage” (IIIIIIII CAN’T STAND IT, I KNOW YOU PLANNED IT…) through high school and spent my university years liking my sugar with coffee and cream. They were three white kids from NYC who let me rap along to their songs and never complained when I fumbled, mumbled their words or flat out made up my own rhymes.
When Ad-Rock and Mike D accepted the Beastie Boys’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they read a letter from the absent Yauch that read like this: “I’d like to dedicate this to my brothers, Adam and Mike. They walked the globe with me. It’s also for anyone who has ever been touched by our band. This induction is as much ours as it is yours.”
I like to think he considered all of us the honorary fourth Beastie.